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WHAT ABOUT OUR WORSHIP, OUR WORDS, OUR WORKS— WHAT DO THEY REVEAL ABOUT US?

03 Apr

” THEY  HAD  BEEN  WITH  JESUS”

Intro.
 
1. Acts 4:13 – The words and works of Peter & John said something about them – they had been with Jesus! – cf. Matt. 26:69-74
 
2. Fellowship w/ Christ: Matt. 12:30; Matt. 28:20; 1 Jno. 1:1-4.
 
3. What about us? Can people, by our words & works, know that we are with Jesus?
 
4. When we are “with” Jesus:
 
 
 
I. IT WILL BE NOTICED BY OTHERS. [morals, speech, associations, conduct, values, etc.]
 
· 1 Peter 4:1-4: Put on the mind of Christ & cease from sin / live for the will of God / reject moral decadence / Reaction of worldly people against you.
 
· Eph. 5:8-17 – For the safety of your soul!
 
· Matt. 5:10-16 – Blessed – Reward – Salt & light…..
 
· 1 Cor. 15:33-34 – Understand there is a drastic difference in spiritual values between you and those in the world – Do not be deceived!
 
 
 
II. OUR CONFIDENCE WILL BE PLACED IN CHRIST, NOT IN EARTHLY CREDENTIALS (“uneducated & untrained men”).
 
· Matt. 10:16-20 – They had been trained by the Holy Spirit!
 
· Jno. 16:12-15 – We can take the inspired teachings of the apostles & be trained in the knowledge & wisdom of heaven!!
 
· “Credentials are everything to an evolutionist.” (brother explaining why they emphasized human credentials of a preacher who taught on origins).
 
-cf. Acts 17:17-18: They ridiculed Paul’s credentials, but they could not withstand his message!!
 
· 1 Cor. 2:1-5 – We must always emphasize the credibility of truth, not ourselves! – 1 Cor. 1:18-21
 
· Psa. 119:97-100 – Our wisdom is from truth – Wisdom from above!
 
· 2 Pet. 3:18 – Grow in grace & knowledge. Use knowledge of God’s word:
 
-With love (1 Cor. 8:1) / To save lost souls (2 Tim. 2:25-26) / Grow (1 Pet. 2:2).
 
 
 
III. WE WILL HAVE BOLDNESS IN CHRIST – Acts 4:13.
 
-(Boldness: “freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech; openly, frankly, i.e. without concealment, without ambiguity…free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity.” – Thayer, Online Bible)
 
· Acts 3:16 – Through faith (Eph. 3:12-13; 1 Jno. 5:4-5 – Overcomes world!)
 
· Acts 4:23-30 (29) – Through prayer (Heb. 4:16 – The power of heaven is ours!).
 
· Acts 4:31, 33 – Through obedience (4:18-20).
 
· Heb. 10:35-36 – Great reward in boldness of an enduring faith!
 
 
 
Conclusion
 
· 2 Tim. 2:11-13:
 
-Die with Jesus (to sin) & you will live with Him. (Conversion)
 
-Endure with Him & we will reign with Him. (Faithfulness)
 
· They had been with Jesus: Is it being said of us now? …..Will it be said of us at the judgment day?
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